We need to talk about killing terrorists

Enemy combatants should not be treated the same as citizens.

We have become scared of killing terrorists. Last week, the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, sparked outrage for stating that, ‘quite simply, my view is a dead terrorist can’t cause any harm to Britain’. Williamson suggested that government policy should be to kill ISIS fighters before they return to the UK wherever possible. He was hardly engaging with the difficult questions surrounding returning terror suspects by pointing out that a dead terrorist has been effectively neutralised. They’re dead after all. However, the reaction to this banal statement was far more shocking. Many argued that it is always wrong to kill people without first applying due process.
h/t Marvin

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  • Talking about killing terrorists hurts the precious feelings of the professional pants-sh—er. Justin, too.

    Killing people who pose a threat to public safety isn’t a negative sum game. It’s a thing that works.

  • J. C.

    The killing will begin after Trudeau collapses the economy and the overall societal structures… We’ll have no choice as ‘they’ will be trying to kill us.

    • WalterBannon

      in the max max dystopia that will emerge from the smoking wreckage of capitalism after these douches finish destroying the west and the civil wars against muslim invaders come to an end, none of the “elite” will survive…

  • Ego

    The purpose of due process is to enable the defendant to speak in his defense and to establish whether he is guilty or not. But nothing he could say would make his act defensible, and his act itself is proof of his guilt. Letting him live is letting him try to kill again.
    You don’t stroke a rabid dog. You kill it.